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Invading Chinese Delicacy Crabs 'Should be Eaten' to Stop Them Damaging British Riverbanks
Daily Mail ^ | 12th February 2009

Posted on 02/12/2009 1:07:25 PM PST by nickcarraway

The species of crab which is wreaking havoc in the Thames could soon be under control - and in our tummies.

Scientists have deemed the river's Chinese mitten crab population fit for human consumption.

They believe that catching the pest and selling it in restaurants and shops could be a viable way of controlling its numbers.

The crab, named for its bristled claws which resemble mittens, has been colonising the Thames and other rivers around England.

It burrows into and destroys fragile riverbanks, preys on other species and competes with native animals such as crayfish.

The idea of harvesting the crabs was raised in a two-year pilot fishing programme by the Natural History Museum.

Although they are considered a delicacy in south- east Asia, the London Port Health Authority, the food authority for the Thames, needed to study whether our version was safe.

Scientists from the authority, along with other food and environmental experts, tested samples of the mitten crabs' white and brown meat.

They discovered that levels of metal and hydrocarbon contaminants were too low to be of concern but that organochlorines, including dioxins, were relatively high.

However, levels of these substances were higher in crabs from the Netherlands, from where most London food businesses source their mitten crabs.

The experts said it was unlikely anyone would eat enough crabs for it to be a risk to health, especially as the mitten crabs were available only for three to four months a year.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Food; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: china; crabs; england; seachicken; seakitten


1 posted on 02/12/2009 1:07:26 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I often wonder about the guy who lost the bet and had to be the first person to eat one of those things.


2 posted on 02/12/2009 1:10:17 PM PST by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: nickcarraway

Succulent little creatures, aren’t they?


3 posted on 02/12/2009 1:12:24 PM PST by 353FMG (Trust in Glock.)
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To: nickcarraway
TTIWWDB (This thread is worthless without drawn butter)
4 posted on 02/12/2009 1:13:52 PM PST by KarlInOhio (On 9/11 Israel mourned with us while the Palestinians danced in the streets. Who should we support?)
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To: nickcarraway

The Crayfish is not a native either.

American Signal Crayfish wrecks UK waters..

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/3343686/American-Signal-Crayfish-wrecks-UK-waters.html


5 posted on 02/12/2009 1:16:01 PM PST by GSP.FAN
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder how they got introduced?


6 posted on 02/12/2009 1:17:08 PM PST by doodad
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To: nickcarraway

What are the Brits whining about? Cook it, eat it. It’s not like it’s made of lead.


7 posted on 02/12/2009 1:17:35 PM PST by max americana
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To: CzarNicky

Was he told it tasted like SeaChicken?


8 posted on 02/12/2009 1:18:00 PM PST by JRios1968 (Sarah Palin is what Willis was talkin' about!)
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To: doodad
I wonder how they got introduced?

Bilge water from freighter ships.

9 posted on 02/12/2009 1:19:13 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: JRios1968
"...Was he told it tasted like SeaChicken?..."

Sea Kitten, actually.

10 posted on 02/12/2009 1:23:00 PM PST by I Buried My Guns
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To: nickcarraway

Does this apply to Muslims as well? We’re talking about a hell of a lot more damage from them.


11 posted on 02/12/2009 1:23:22 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Mr. Bernanke, have you started working on your book about the second GREATER depression?")
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To: nickcarraway

If they start harvesting them, then they’ll never eradicate it.


12 posted on 02/12/2009 1:24:04 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: GSP.FAN

“The Crayfish is not a native either.

American Signal Crayfish wrecks UK waters..”


Chef Gordon Ramsey did a youtube piece on the invasion of Britain by the American Crayfish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi3Rcnv79H0


13 posted on 02/12/2009 1:25:23 PM PST by ansel12 ( When a conservative pundit mocks Wasilla, he's mocking conservatism as it's actually lived.)
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To: max americana

Well, it is from China, so you could understand why they would think so.


14 posted on 02/12/2009 1:33:28 PM PST by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: nickcarraway

A few snakeheads ought to eat them crabs right up!


15 posted on 02/12/2009 1:36:17 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Unfortunately, after about 13 centuries of research, no one has discovered any use for Muslims.


16 posted on 02/12/2009 1:37:40 PM PST by hellbender
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To: hellbender

Couldn’t they be used to fill the holes in the banks that the crabs dig?


17 posted on 02/12/2009 1:43:50 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Mr. Bernanke, have you started working on your book about the second GREATER depression?")
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To: max americana

Go ahead and eat seafood that may have foraged in the mud at the bottom of the Thames - mud that is some of the most toxic in the world.

Be sure not to test it first, just chug it down.


18 posted on 02/12/2009 1:46:22 PM PST by agere_contra (So ... where's the birth certificate?)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

That would require some sort of hole-filling crab.


19 posted on 02/12/2009 1:49:30 PM PST by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: nickcarraway

Looks mighty tasty!!

(Shellfish has always been one of my favorites!)


20 posted on 02/12/2009 1:50:22 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: doodad

“I wonder how they got introduced?”

Well, it may have gone something like this:

Hello, Doodad, this is Mitten Crab -
Mitten Crab, meet Doodad.


21 posted on 02/12/2009 1:50:26 PM PST by Twinkie (RUSH THREW DOWN THE GAUNTLET TODAY!!)
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To: CzarNicky

23 posted on 02/12/2009 1:56:56 PM PST by PERKY2004 (Proud Military Wife -- my DH is in his 26th year of military service! PRAY 4 OUR TROOPS!)
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To: doodad

seaHarmony.com


24 posted on 02/12/2009 1:58:47 PM PST by steveo
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To: Twinkie

I knew that was coming after I hit post.


25 posted on 02/12/2009 2:13:02 PM PST by doodad
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To: doodad

You would have done the same for any one of us. Don’t mention it.


26 posted on 02/12/2009 2:35:34 PM PST by Twinkie (RUSH THREW DOWN THE GAUNTLET TODAY!!)
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To: ansel12

That was way cool..Thanks


27 posted on 02/12/2009 5:00:10 PM PST by GSP.FAN
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To: GSP.FAN

Amazing about the crawfish.

Indian states use the masses of Dalits (untouchables) to clear the plagues of whatever, rats, locusts, snakes, etc.

Seeing how the UK has permanently lost it’s manufacturing base, I suggest the watermelon Labour party put their environmentalist and welfare state policies into a marriage of convenience and start employing the unemployed to go crawfish hunting. I recall Gordon Browne promising 100,000 green jobs sometime in late 2008. Here’s his chance.


28 posted on 02/12/2009 5:53:26 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: JerseyHighlander

Check out post 13.


29 posted on 02/12/2009 6:02:22 PM PST by GSP.FAN
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